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PT001: The Tortuga Backpacks Origin Story

Released Monday, 19th January 2015
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To kick off the first official episode of the podcast, we're going back... All the way back... To 2009 and the trip to led us to start Tortuga Backpacks.

You may have read our About page or heard one of us give a 30 second elevator pitch about why Jeremy and I started the company.

Now, you can hear the full story: why we went, where we went, and how we pulled off a two-week trip without any planning.

Most importantly, what was so bad about our backpacks that we had to start a company to fix it?

In This Episode

  • 07:53 Who are Fred and Jeremy?

  • 18:03 The trip that inspired Tortuga Backpacks

  • 24:22 Why most luggage doesn't work for international travel

  • 36:00 Frankfurt: actually a fun city

  • 38:09 Prague: our favorite stop on the trip

  • 42:05 Budapest: touring the Terror House and having a soak

  • 49:00 Hvar, Croatia: beach time, sea urchins, and partying in ruins

  • 1:03:34 Lessons learned from the trip

  • 1:09:21 Word to the Wise

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Word to the Wise


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